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December 2016

Crochet

Birthday doily

3rd December 2016

Unclose stitch detail photo of the birthday doily

In a week where I seem to have a lot of makes on the go, I started, and finished this doily. I use the word doily for want of a better word, mat is better perhaps. The idea is it will sit on my friend’s kitchen table, but I’m not sure if doily’s/mat’s are really her thing.

Overview photo of the doily

The pattern was from a chart on pinterest (there’s heaps of inspiration on there, but of course, having printed this out I’ve lost the link) and I used a 3mm hook with DMC Petra cotton. The colour itself is actually a bright orange but the camera failed to pick it up and editing it still doesn’t quite capture its vibrancy.Β It measures about 13″ in diameter. I have a bit of a love of the way the petals (?) flow and think it’s turned out nicely. I might make a few more as Christmas gifts, Β It’s also motivated me to finish another mat I started months ago which will hopefully come together this weekend.

Crochet

Afghan Babette

1st December 2016

Photo of the blanket in progress and the pattern grid placed beside

One thing we don’t lack in this house is blankets, or yarn. In an effort to run down my style craft supplies (I have drawers full) I have started a ‘daily babette’. The idea is I add one square to this ever growing blanket everyday following Β an afghan babette grid that I found on pinterest.

Photo of the side of the afghan babette blanket

 

I was told about afghan babettes years ago by a fellow crocheter online, but it has taken until now for me to get around to making one. It is a really really great way to work down a stash. I think it would work with different weights and I love the random patchiness of mixing up a lot of different colours, although you could always stick to a scheme. Adding a lots of variegated yarns to blocks of colour is also quite fun, I like it when the colours change to an almost camo effect.

 

Close up photo of a corner of the afghan babette blanket

 

There are a good selection of these grids to find online which you can print out and follow, I’ve also opted to use the join as you go method so I will only have bordering to do when all the squares are completed. I should imagine it will take some time, a few months perhaps. I’ve not counted all the squares, but I am generally getting an extra one sewn on everyday. I’ll get an update post written at the start of the New Year, in the meantime, I think this blanket will be making the occasional appearance on my feed. It’s my week off social now (I talked about this here) but I’ll still be posting in this space if all goes according to plan and have plenty of stuff on the hooks at the moment to write about.